Gael Monfils faces huge task against Novak Djokovic: US Open semi-finals order of play

Novak Djokovic heads into the US Open semi-finals as the overwhelming favourite to go on and lift a third title in New York, but Kei Nishikori, Stan Wawrinka and Gael Monfils are potential road blocks.
Eduardo Munoz Alvarez / AFP
Eduardo Munoz Alvarez / AFP

Novak Djokovic heads into the US Open semi-finals as the overwhelming favourite to go on and lift a third title in New York, but Kei Nishikori, Stan Wawrinka and Gael Monfils are potential road blocks.

World No 1 Djokovic takes a 12-0 career lead over Monfils into their semi-final on Friday night, while Nishikori looks to build on his shock five-set win over Andy Murray against Wawrinka.

Swiss third seed Wawrinka, playing in his third semi-final in four years, ended Juan Martin del Potro’s magical run in the early hours of Thursday morning with a four-set win.

Djokovic, chasing a third major title of the season and 13th overall, remains wary of the dangers posed by 30-year-old Monfils who is in only his second grand slam semi-final.

“Gael’s one of the few players that I will definitely pay a ticket to watch,” Djokovic said.

“He seems more focused at this time of his career and I am definitely expecting a tough battle.”

Monfils, seeded No 10, has lost twice to Djokovic in New York — in five sets in the first round in 2005 and a straight sets defeat in the 2010 quarter-finals.

Men’s Semi-finals order of play

Arthur Ashe Stadium, Flushing, New York

• 1 Novak Djokovic v 10 Gael Monfils, 11pm Friday

• 3 Stan Wawrinka v 6 Kei Nishikori, following previous match not before 12.30am Saturday

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Published: September 9, 2016 04:00 AM

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